Our 5 favourites: East-End Watering Holes

In our “Down The Road” series, we review places of interest and leisure surrounding Mindspace locations, so you can get the most out of the city

Written by Ian R.

2 years ago

Evening has descended on London town.

You’ve got a good amount of work done today.

Now it’s time to let off some steam and enjoy what this legendary city has to offer!

If you’re sitting at Mindspace London, you hardly have to go far to enjoy some of the city’s best bars and pubs. Here’s a list of just five amazing watering holes that are just…down the road.

Satan’s Whiskers

Don’t expect an elegant entrance with delicate lighting and some tasteful outdoor décor on your approach to Satan’s Whiskers. The front of this superb cocktail bar doesn’t employ the usual tactics to lure in customers, but instead relies on the stuff we really care about – great drinks, bucketloads of character, and top-notch service.

343 Cambridge Heath Rd, London

Happiness Forgets

If you’re looking for a bit of a New York-style speakeasy feel, then this bar will make you feel right at home. Happiness Forgets is small, a bit cramped, and you have to go downstairs to the basement to find it, but that’s what makes it a true gem. Beyond the fine cocktails and assortment of bottled beer, Happiness Forgets has an excellent list of wines which is curated by the vino experts from nearby wine bar Sager & Wilde.

8-9 Hoxton Square, London

Mother Kelly’s

Described as a “taproom and ale shop”, Mother Kelly’s will satisfy your appetite for anything beer-related, and more. Located in Paradise Row – the renovated railway arches in Bethnal Green – Mother Kelly’s offers 19 draft beers as well as prosecco and 2 wines on tap. Enjoy delicious cheese or meat platters alongside your brew, and if you want to take some of this goodness home, the Mother Kelly’s shop has an amazing selection of bottled beer and fine cheeses.

251 Paradise Row, London


The Blind Beggar

With a history that includes a sermon by William Booth and a murder by the East End gangsters the Kray twins, The Blind Beggar is like a time capsule, but one that serves alcohol. In fact, the Blind Beggar is marked down in history as the birthplace of what is today known as “modern brown ale”. The pub has a spacious and welcoming beer garden where live music performances are held during summer.

337 Whitechapel Rd

Krays pub

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Callooh Callay

Quirky but stylish, refined but friendly, Callooh Callay is a great place to spend a night out. The cocktails are eccentric and so is the interior design, but the atmosphere is cosy and comfortable. It’s easy to see that the staff here take pride and enjoyment in their work. The service is professional and smiley, and you won’t find yourself sharing a space with an annoying stag party group. The food is just as colorful as the decor and there is a nice selection of both beer and wine if you’re not in the mood for a cocktail.

65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY


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